Renault is all set to make a big splash in the Indian automotive market with the introduction of the Renault Kardian, a compact SUV that has been meticulously designed and crafted to cater to the preferences of Indian consumers. This SUV brings a breath of fresh air to the compact SUV segment and is expected to make waves.
The Renault Kardian SUV boasts a robust design that exudes a commanding road presence, despite its compact dimensions. The front grille, adorned in sharp black with sleek chrome accents, connects seamlessly with the sharp LED daytime running lights. The LED headlamps come with a distinctive dual-beam motif in a delta shape, adding a touch of sophistication to the vehicle.
The SUV also features prominent design elements such as a large air intake, sturdy front and rear bumpers, skid plates, stylish alloy wheels, dual-tone body paint, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, roof rails, C-shaped LED taillights, and roof spoilers. These elements combine to give the Renault Kardian a distinct and appealing appearance.
One of the key highlights of the Renault Kardian is its flex-fuel compatible engine, a testament to Renault’s commitment to environmentally friendly technologies. This innovative engine is expected to find its way to numerous developing markets around the world, as part of Renault’s growth plan for 2027. Recognizing India’s significance as a major market for Renault and the growing demand for SUVs and crossovers, the French automaker aims to introduce the Renault Kardian in India within the next four years.
Inside the cabin, the Renault Kardian SUV offers a fully digital instrument cluster that provides a wide range of information about the vehicle. This digital display is housed within a rectangular deep pod, a design language signature seen in other Renault cars like the Kwid hatchback available in India.
The Renault Kardian’s interior is characterized by its feature-packed and layered dashboard. The highlight is a large touchscreen infotainment system with various connectivity options, including Apple CarPlay, to keep drivers and passengers connected on the go. The center console includes three rotary dials, conventional USB, and Type-C charging ports. Notably, the gear shifter has a unique design, resembling a compact toggle switch on the center console.
Under the hood, the Renault Kardian SUV will be powered by a 1.0-litre GDI turbocharged petrol engine that can run on flex fuel. This engine is an evolved version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder powerplant already available in India. The three-cylinder engine generates 99 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque, while the turbocharged petrol unit delivers 125 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque. The new engine is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, offering a smooth and efficient driving experience.
As Renault gears up to introduce the Kardian in the Indian market, the compact SUV promises to offer an exciting and attractive option for Indian consumers who appreciate a combination of style, technology, and performance. Its global appeal and focus on sustainability make it a vehicle to watch out for in the coming years.